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For new people wondering why Mastodon is on thousands of servers instead of one:

-It helps protect us all against Elon Musk scenarios. It's very difficult for anyone to buy a network made of thousands of independently owned servers. (It's the same reason why no one owns the world's email network, because there are so many independent providers out there.)

-If your server misbehaves (or sells out to a malevolent billionaire), you can move your account to a different server, or even to a brand new server. Decentralisation means you're never trapped on a site you hate.

-Mastodon is an open platform where anyone can start their own server, and they don't need tech knowledge if they use a service like masto.host or federation.spacebear.ee

...and there are lots more good reasons too, to do with servers using alternative Fediverse software etc, but I'll save that for a future post 😁

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse

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Because you asked, a couple of classic behind-the-scenes accounts of the computer industry. (Mentioned on Windows Weekly yesterday).

Steven Levy's Hackers (a must read) oreilly.com/library/view/hacke

Tracy Kidder's Soul of a New Machine tracykidder.com/the-soul-of-a-

G. Pascal Zacary's Show Stopper

Tripp Mickle's After Steve harpercollins.com/products/aft

I'll be interviewing Tripp in a week, May 19 at 1:30p Pacific on TWiT.tv.

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For a billionaire, Elon Musk is surprisingly needy.

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A wrote a thing on Elon and the Twitter purchase. Pretty sure no one else has posted anything about it today 😆


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I've posted a long overdue update to my "I Use This" inventory on leo.fm. I'll add some pictures in a bit.


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This might be the best thing I ever wrote about being "talent."


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I never wanted my son to follow in my footsteps. Little did I know he'd do much better!


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Interesting new venture from TWIL's Denise Howell

Fits With Fits fitswithfits.com/

"Pre-styled sets of hero pieces, blending preloved and vintage treasures with runway vibes"

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Sitting in the Houston United lounge waiting for our connecting flight to Oaxaca.

Yes. My shirt does say Oaxaca. Literally.

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I got my Frame.work DIY laptop today with:

Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7
32GB (1 x 32GB) DDR4-3200
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 No vPro®

Plus these expansion cards


Assembled it in half an hour. Installed Manjaro Gnome 21.1.1 and everything works, including the fingerprint reader.

I'm using it now, and it's already my favorite laptop.

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Despite the many minutes I had to spend setting it up, I really like the new Vivaldi. It's now my default browser on Mac and Linux.


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Happy Father's Day to the Former Guy, a lone-term loser who cheated on the mother of his first three children with the mother of his fourth child and cheated on her with the mother of his fifth child and cheated on her with a porn actress who he paid to shut up. Yep, Republican family values.

Then there is this father:

Picked up some Boz Scaggs CDs at a recycle shop recently. Ripped them into my MP3 collection.
Now Amazon is offering me Boz Scaggs music. WTF? Is Windows talking to Amazon?

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Alex Lindsay was right.

Amish Country Mushroom (sized not flavored) Popcorn with a copper bottom Whirly Pop is snack food heaven.

For best results, put a teaspoon of salt in with the oil before popping.



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Getting ready for early Spring baseball in Minnesota.

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Welcome to our 1000th member! I'm happy to say it's the host of FLOSS Weekly @dsearls. Welcome, Doc, and all of you!!

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